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Course Catalog 2014-2015

SGN-57006 Health Care Processes and Systems, 3 cr

Additional information

The course will be lectured in English. Several lectures are provided by vising lecturers.
Suitable for postgraduate studies

Person responsible

Ilkka Korhonen, Niilo Saranummi


Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer Implementations Lecture times and places
 4 h/week
 20 h/per




SGN-57006 2014-01 Monday 14 - 16 , TB222
Thursday 12 - 14 , TB222
Friday 12 - 14 , TB223
Thursday 12 - 14 , TB219
Thursday 12 - 14 , TB109
Friday 10 - 14 , SE203
Thursday 12 - 14 , TB223
Friday 10 - 14 , S2
Monday 12 - 16 , S3
Friday 12 - 14 , TB222


Exam. Active participation in lectures (80%). Project work.
Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Learning Outcomes

This course provides the students a basic understanding how health care systems are organised and funded in Finland and in other countries. It is useful for students who are planning to work in health care domain, especially in health informatics. After this course, student can: - Define what is health, health care and healthcare system. - Knows the history and status of health care systems in Finland, EU and globally. - Understand and can describe health care organization and funding in Finland and describe typical variations in OECD countries - Understand and describe typical health care processes and their management. - Understands the role of health information systems in the processes of care, in the service integration, and in the evaluation of effectiveness/efficacy.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Terminology and concepts: health, health care, health care system, health care process, health care management.  History of health care systems in Finland and in other countries.   
2. Health care organisation and funding systems.  Variations in health care organisation and funding in different countries. Relationship between funding, organisation, benefits, and costs.   
3. Health care processes. Primary and secondary care.     
4. Role of information systems in the processes of care, in service integration. Health care process evaluation.     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

Active participation is required to pass the course (80%). Exam will define the grade.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (1-5) will be used on the course

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Edition, availability, ... Examination material Language
Lecture slides   Lecture notes on Health Care Processes and Systems   Niilo Saranummi and guest lecturers       Materials will be provided during the course.   Yes    English  


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
SGN-57206 Health Information Systems Advisable    

Prerequisite relations (Requires logging in to POP)

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
SGN-57006 Health Care Processes and Systems, 3 cr BME-2606 eHealth, 5 cr  

More precise information per implementation

Implementation Description Methods of instruction Implementation
SGN-57006 2014-01        

Last modified10.04.2014